For example, your doctor will need to know the details of your symptoms, and your full medical history.
A digital rectal examination is the quickest and simplest way to check the size, shape and consistency of the prostate gland.
Some men are worried about having a rectal examination, but it's a routine and straightforward procedure and very familiar to your doctor.
You may need blood and urine tests to check for other causes of your urinary problems.
BPH can increase levels of PSA in the blood. PSA - prostate specific antigen - is a naturally-occurring protein made by the prostate. The larger the prostate, the more PSA is present, so BPH can also raise PSA levels to two or three times higher than normal.
PSA levels can be affected by other factors including age, infection and some medications, and also by prostate cancer. Most men with high PSA levels will not have prostate cancer, but your doctor will suggest some further tests to confirm this.
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We humans need prostate glands, even though they can be troublesome in later life. The prostate is an important part of the male reproductive system, making fluid that supports and protects sperm in semen. `it is common for the prostate to become enlarged as a man ages. The prostate doubles in size between the ages of 21 and 50 years, and almost doubles again between 50 and 80.
As the prostate enlarges, the layers of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding. causing the gland to press againest the urethra like clamps on a garden hose.
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